The header image of this blog comes from an instigative book of studies titled Coiffures Feminines du Maroc ( Female hairstyles of Morocco). Mereille Morin Bard took on the task of creating this scientific and artistic documentation between 1950 and 1952.
The often sculpture-like hairstyles and rich ornaments found in this book are ways of identifying tribes or ethnic groups often dispersed geographically ;markings maintaining autonomy. The women in this book are of Berber/Amazigh, Jewish and Arab origins, south of the high Atlas mountains.
To order a copy of this book see : http://www.amazon.fr/Coiffures-f%C3%A9minines-Maroc-Haut-Atlas/dp/2857444923